Rural PREP expands an already-developing scholarly community of practice in rural health professions education, research, and primary care training and delivery that is evidence-based, community-engaged, and practice-informed. A community of practice is an informal or organized learning community or virtual space in which members:
- Demonstrate mutual engagement
- Participate in a continually renegotiated common endeavor or joint enterprise
- Use a shared repertoire of communal resources (routines, sensibilities, artifacts, vocabulary, styles, etc.) that members have developed over time in arriving at solutions and making a significant impact1, 2
Specific strategies for growing our community of practice include Rural PREP Grand Rounds, professional development webinars, rural health professions education research Design and Dissemination Studios, and microresearch. Our current community of practice includes on-line attendees at our webinars, Rural PREP Grand Rounds site participants, microresearch recipients, research collaborators, partnering organizations and more.
- Wenger, E. (1998). Communities of practice: learning as a social system. The Systems Thinker, June/July 1998; 9(5):1-5. Retrieved December 29, 2017 from: http://thesystemsthinker.com/wp-content/uploads/pdfs/090501pk.pdf
- Wenger, E. (2012). Communities of practice and social learning systems: the career of a concept. Retrieved December 29, 2017 from: https://wenger-trayner.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/09-10-27-CoPs-and-systems-v2.01.pdf